Spring Views on Highway 2

All of these scenes from the road were in Lincoln County. Right after the little town of Almira we moved into Grant County for a few miles.

Any Father’s Day weekend plans? We still haven’t nailed it down here. We are having some warm weather with humidity, just in time for the official start of summer. Still thankful for our air conditioning. Summer Solstice is at 5:44 PM EDT.

Roads Less Traveled


All these roads, signs, and fences are from our trip to Amish Country at the end of September. These roads are in Holmes County, Ohio.





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Matthew 7: 13-14 – “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Linking up today for ABC Wednesday with Mrs. Nesbitt, Roger and the team. R is for Road Less Traveled.

Also linking up later in the week to signs, signs with Lesley and Good Fences with TexWisGirl.

On the Way to Charm

One of the days we were in Ohio we drove to Charm, Ohio. These are some fences and farms we saw.






It was a wet day with a few dry spells, the very last day of September. And now it’s November already.


So far this is what November looks like here.

Facebook lit up last night and today about the Cubs winning the World Series in game 7. In general I’m not a baseball follower but doing something for the first time in 108 years is significant. I did manage to stay awake and see the outcome. I found these photos in my archives from my one and only time outside Wrigley Field in 2012.

Congratulations Chicago Cubs!

Thank you TexWisGirl for hosting Good Fences.

Fences along the Heritage Trail, Indiana





Linking up to Good Fences with TexWisGirl.

Can you believe this is the last Good Fences for the month of October? Here’s an October fence from our own backyard taken on Wednesday. We are in the midst of some very sloppy weather here in the Seattle area! I took this shot from our kitchen window.


Happy end of October to all of you! Do you have a costume picked out for Halloween?

Holmes County Ohio


While in Holmes County, Ohio, Mrs. Yoder’s was recommended to us for a meal so we stopped here for lunch breaking up our country drive. The food was plentiful and at a good price. Many locals were eating here rather than tourists.



A fun fall display at Troyer Country Market. “The foods in our Amish Wedding line originate from time-tested Amish recipes and have out-of-this-world flavor,” Vogt said. “The Amish Wedding line is all about foods that are naturally good with clean-label ingredients.   Read the ingredient list on our jars, it’s what you don’t see on the label that proves what’s really good inside.”




Linking up to signs, signs with Lesley and to Good Fences with TexWisGirl.

We came home from Eastern Washington yesterday. It was a 5-1/2 hour drive and


today we have been working at filling up some yard waste bins with the leaves that fell while we were gone.


Do you have to rake leaves? Dear used a leaf blower that sucks up and mulches the leaves. It’s noisy but it gets the job done. We aren’t done with leaves yet because more will fall from the maple, apple tree and pear tree.

Indiana Good Fences…





We were so impressed with how clean and tidy all the Amish/Mennonite farms and roads were in Indiana and Ohio.

I’ll be linking up to Good Fences with TexWisGirl from Run*A*Round Ranch Report.

Tonight our Small Group will be starting up again with some new folks we’ve never met. It will be interesting to see how God puts our group together. I’ll be doing a little dusting and tidying up the messes from emptying our suitcases. The Fall colors are really starting to show beautifully here and there in the Pacific Northwest. How are the colors in your neck of the woods?

The Washington State Fair

We woke up on a semi-cloudy day and I convinced Dear that it would be a good day to “Do The Puyallup”. It was Thursday September 8th and we were hoping the crowds would be light at the fairgrounds.

14199760_10210628030085219_1520468692436888995_nWe stopped at our local Safeway to buy our Senior discounted tickets for $7.50 each and hit the highway south to the town of Puyallup, pronounced, (pew-Al-up). We parked for $10.00 across the street from the Blue Entrance.

The Washington State Fair, commonly referred to as the Puyallup Fair, is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States.

The crowds were very light on this morning which we appreciated. There are several things you might notice at our state fair and fairs in general.


There are lots of temporary fences or barriers to herd people in the right direction or keep them safe. Turkey Legs are a popular feature at the fair.


There are many food options and several non-fried options. I wonder what the difference is between Carmel Apples and Caramel Apples?


This fried option was tempting but we didn’t give in. There were several Elephant Ear stands all around the grounds.


We chose the barbecue option for our lunch at the fair. There were many barbecue options. We also indulged in a fair scone.


Besides the world’s largest Outlaw Grill we happened upon the grower of the world’s largest pumpkin (1st Prize) taking a photo with the men in blue from Pierce County Sheriffs Department. I think the officer on his knee next to the grower might be her son but I didn’t ask. They resemble each other and they are holding hands and look at the sunglasses.


I found the Grange displays to be very interesting. “Stop by to view this unique display of agricultural art. Showcasing a unique blend of creativity and agriculture, granges from all over Western Washington display their finest at the Washington State Fair. Granges serve an important role in agriculture and community.”

There were several more than these four. Left to right: Easthill Grange with a John Muir Theme, Humptulips Grange with a Christmas theme, Lewis County Pomona Grange with a Field of Dreams theme, and Mason County Pomona Grange with a Pollinator’s Paradise theme. There were many varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, canned goods, and honey.

Flowers were being judged in this building also. This next collage is of some of the dahlia arrangements.



Of course you shouldn’t miss the farm animals. Cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, lamas, and pigs, oh my.


The chainsaw wood carvers were busy at work and had these fun displays.


This bench was an example of fine craftsmanship and very unique. Created by JQ and selling for $4800.


Another great area of the fair we visited was the arts building that housed the home arts including quilts and foods and fine art and photography.


I really do admire quilters and their patience in getting these works of art started and finished!

We came away from the fair with purchases from the Blacksmiths and I didn’t get a picture of their area at the fair, a fire poker and a dinner bell. Dear seems to remember that we attended this fair once before in the 28 years that we’ve lived in Washington. I don’t remember being at this fair before. Katie and I attended the Evergreen Fair, a smaller fair closer to home. When we lived in California we attended the Pomona Fair and the Ventura County Fair.

Do you attend fairs in your part of the world?

Here, There and Everywhere…

Here are some fences and signs and other things that Dear and I have seen together as we travel here, there and everywhere.


On the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State.


Signs from Fort Langley, British Columbia.



A fence along the river in Fort Langley.

All is well with our electrical at this old house. Today, Wednesday, is a shopping day with our daughter. The neighborhood kids are rising early for the start of school in our district. Thursday is the first day of an Estate sale at my neighbors so cars and people will be filling our street. Friday is Dear’s birthday and we are meeting our western Washington kids for dinner. So far the weekend is free. How’s September shaping up for you?

Linking with Lesley for signs, signs.

Also linking with Tex*Wis*Girl for Good Fences #129.

From the Other Side…

…of the Great Divide. The only side of Washington that is predominately red in their politics. The line between the blue and red counties cuts along the Cascade Mountain range. The blue side has the highest population, largest cities, with Seattle (652,405) being the largest. The red side has the most farmers and ranchers and many small cities. The largest city on the red side of our state is Spokane (210,721), then Spokane Valley (91,113) and Kennewick (76,762). All the population numbers I’m sharing are from 2013. The city I live in on the blue side of the state has a population of 21,611.


Dear and I travel across the great divide when we visit our son and daughter-in-law. We enjoy our time on that side. We find it refreshing. There are lots of great fences and barns to photograph. Here are some of those fences and barns all taken in Stevens County.

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I’m linking up to Good Fences #128 with TexWisGirl and later in the weekend I’ll be linking up with Tom for The Barn Collective.

Happy First day of September to all of you! I started the morning off with fresh strong coffee in a new cup to me that I bought at the Habitat for Humanity Shop in Colville, Washington (population 4,668). It was half off and I only paid 40 cents for it. It’s Churchill made in England with a population of 53.01 million.


May September bring good things to us all.

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

–   John Updike, September